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close of the war, participating in several severe
battles, the principal of which were Cold Harlior.
the battles before Petersburg, Poplar Grove Church
and with Gen. Warren when he destroyed the Wel-
don Railroad. When he was mustered out he held
his commission as second lieutenant, and for four
months subsequently was engaged in the provost
marshal's office at Campbell Court House. Relum-
ing to his home he engaged in farming in Lower
Chanceford until 1873, when he accepted a subor-
dinate position with the engineer corps, then survey-
ing the York & Peach Bottom Railroad. Possessing
no practical knowledge of the business of this period,
he so applied himself to its study that he was soon
after made assistant engineer and subsequently
chief; under his cUarge, the last twenty miles of the
road were built, and the Peach Boitom Railroad, on
the east side of the river, completed. Soon after
the road was finished, 'in 1878, he was appointed
superintendent, which office he still holds; under
his supervision all of the many improvements have
been made, and the improved condition of the road
fitly attests to his executive abilily. Mr. Manifold
was united in wedlock in 1874 with Miss Sallie
Gregg, a native of Chester County, Penn. They
have three children living: Howard, Rosealmo
and Myra. The family are members of the Presby-
terian Church.

CHARLES H. MARTIN, the "artist tailor,"
is one of the progressive young business men of
York. He is a native of York born in 1860, and a
son of Jacob F. and Emma (Weiser) Martin. His
father was a native of Lancaster County; his
mother, a native of York, is a daughter of "Martin
Weiser and a descendant of an old York County
family. His father came to York about 1850, estab-
lished him.self in business as a merchant tailor and
was 'a resident until his death, in 1880. Charles H.
received his education in the schools of York, grad-
uating from the high school in 1877. He began his
mercantile career as a clerk in the dry goods house
of Alexander Fishel, where he was employed two
3"ears. He nest engaged with Myers & Hoffman as
trimmer, remaining with that house one year and a
half, when he went to Reading and accepted a
position as assistant cutter with Myers & Heim, re-
maining there two years, fie then returned to York
and formed an association with P. N. Michaels, and
embarked in business as merchant tailor. January
1, 1883, their business relations were dissolved by
Mr. Martin purchasing his partner's interest, and
he thus established himself in business alone. Mr.
Martin has achieved an enviable reputation and
successful business results. He carries a large line
of all goods suited to his trade, and is the artist of
his own productions. He is liberal and progressive
in all affairs of public benefit and improvements,
and one of the rising young fnen of York.

LOGAN A. MAR.SHALL, wholesale liquor and
wine dealer, was born in Warrington Township,
October 26, 1837. He is a son of James and Eliza-
beth (Ulrich) Marshall, and is of Scotch-German
descent. His father was born in Edinburgh, Scot-
land, in 1794, and at twelve years of age came to
America and settled in the "Upper End " of York
County, where his death occurred in 1879. The
mother of Mr. Marshall was born in this county in



17SW:. The first years of our subject were spt'nt on
the farm. He came to York in 1863 and engaged in
thi' hotel business, which he continued one year
and then began the wholesale iiqnor liusiness. In
186.T iie went to Indiana and roniMined in the West
until 187ii, when he returned to York, where he has
since resided. He wasmarricdin 1860 to Miss Cecelia
Picking, of Dover, daughter of William S. Picking,
who for fourteen years was a clerk in the house of
representatives at Harris.burg. They have had
six children, two of whom are living: Annie M. and
Keonia E. Mr. Marshall is a Mason and one of
the successful business men of York.

EDMUND W. MEISEXHELDER, M. D., was
born in Dov.-r, York Co., Penn., February 32. 1.843,
is a son of Dr. S-iniuel and J"SephineS.(Lewis)Meis-
enhelder, and of German and English extraction.
His father was born near Dover, York Co., Penn.. in
1818, and mother in York County in 1823. His
paternal grandfather was Jacob Meisenhelder, an
early settler of DovcrTownship. His paternal grand-
father died about the year 1843. His fath. r, after
)iracticing medicine for thirty-tive years in this and
Adams County, died in 1883. Our subject was
edurateil at Pennsylvania College, at Gettysburg,
and was graduated with highest honors in 1864. He
began the study of medicine imder liis father in
186"), attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College
and was graduated in 1838. He began practice at
East Berlin. Adams County, and after three years
removed to York. In 1870 he married Miss Maria
E. Baughman, a native of York County. Three
children are the result of this union; Robert L.,
Edmund W. and Samuel B. Was a member of
Company A, (Pennsylvania College Company)
Twenty-sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers,
under tlie "emergency" call of Gov. Curtin, dur-
ing the rebel invasion of 1863. In 1864 the Doctor
enlisted in Company D, Two Hundred and Tenth
Pennsylvania Volunteers: was commissioned sec-
ond lieutenant in 186.'). and was discharged May 30,
1865. Dr. and Mrs. Meisenhelder are members of
the Lutheran Church.

JAMES L. MENOUGH was born at Pittsburgh,
Penn., September 11, 1832, and is the son of Samuel
H. and Louisa (Bott) Menough, natives of York
County. His father died when he was but six years
old. and James made his home with his uncle, Mi-
chael Bott, of Dover Township, until he arrived at
the age of seventeen years. He then became an ap-
prentice to Jacob Seacrist to learn the carpenter's
trade, and with him continued four years. He then
located at Reading, Penn. Upon his return to York
he was engaged with Nathaniel Weigle for a period
of seven years. He then embarked in busine.ss for
himself, subsequently in association with Peter P.
Yost, adding a plani'ng-mill and facilities for doing
all kinds of work in their line. Emanuel Yessler
subsequently purchased the interest of Mr. Yost,
and the firm of Menough & Yessler has continued
up to the present writing. They are doing a thriv-
ing trade and are honorable business men. Mr.
Menough was married in 1878 to Miss Anna, daugh-
ter of Franklin and Mary (Smyser) Loucks, of
York. They have one child, Luther D. Mr. and
Mrs. Menough are members of Christ's Lutheran
Church.

FRANK G. METZGER, secretary and general
passenger agent of the York & Peach Bottom Rail-
way, is a native of Yocumtown, Penn., born No-
vember 26. 1852, a son of William B. and Emma G.
(Ginder) Metzger. He is of German descent and is
a representative of one of the old families of York
County. His father was born in this county in
1838. In 1871 subject began studying telegraphy
and for some time continued as an operator. In
1874 he graduated at Eastman's Business College, at
Poughkeepsie, N. Y , and for four years afterward



YORK BOROUGH.



was book-keeper for Elcock, Melzger & Co. In
1878. in partnership with his father, he engaged in
the boot and shoe business, at Dillsljurg, and con-
tinued until 1881. In 1879 he was elected clerk of
the commissioners of York County, being the first
Republican ever elected to that oflicein this count j'.
His term of office expired in 1882. and that same
year he accepted his present position. His marriage
took place in 1876 to Maggie Kisler, of Goldsboro,
Penn. Thev liave one child, Pearl.

E. J. MILLER, dealer in boots, shoes and
clothing, was born in York County. Penn., in 1844,
a son of Jacob and Leah (Jacoliy) 'Miller, and is of
German descent. His motber died in 1864 and his
father in 1881. E. J. Miller began life for himself
as a manufacturer of cigars. In 1864 he enlisted in
Company D, Two Hundredth Pennsylvania Volun-
■ teers, and served one year. In 1868 he engaged in
the boot and shoe business, which he has since con-
tinued and now carries one of the most complete
lines of boots and shoes in York. In 1884 he. in
partnership with George S. Billmeyer. engaged in
the clothing and mercbanl-tailoring business. Mr.
Miller married AngelineMathias, daughter of David
Mathias, and three children have been born to this
union. In politics Mr. Miller is independent.

J. S. MILLER. M. D., is a native of Hopewell
Township, York County, where he was born in 1856.
His parents are David and Sarah (Winemiller) Mil-
ler, both natives of Hopewell Township.and descend-
ants of old families of the county. The father of
our subject is a farmer, and liis earlier years were
passed as an assistant upon the old homestead. Pie
received a good education attending the Stewarts-
town Academy, and the York Collegiate Institute.
In 1876 he began the study of medicine, reading
witli D'- Tlinnii ■ ^r rnrrnii. of Cross Roads, York
Ci>;i' ■ II ' II' ! vith his preceptor until

IH'-n h , iihiated from the College

of I'l' -,. I in- ;ni>i ^iii^i ,iiv. of Baltimore. He im-
mediately located in l^aradise, Springfield Township,
where he practiced three years, subsequently travel-
ing for six months, through the Middle and Western
States. He then entered John Hopkins University
at Baltimore, as a student in biology and chemistry.
While in Baltimore he also took a special course
under Dr. Clinton McSherry, on diseases of the
heart, throat and lungs. Dr. Miller located in York
in July. 1884. where he is earnestly engaged in
practice. He is devoted to bis profession, is a close
student and a worthv young man.

WILLIAM MITZE'L, wholesale and retail dealer
ill groceries, fruits and confectioneries, was born in
Ch'anceford Township, in 1822, and is the eldest of
five cliildren born to Philip and Lydia (Sailor) Mit-
zel. His great-grandfather, Peter Mitzel, was born
in Germany, and came to America previous to the
Revolutionary war, in which he was a soldier. The
grandfather of our subject was Michael Mitzel, who
was born in Codorus Township in 1777, and who
died in 1845. The father of our subject was born
in Codorus Township in 1800, and his mother in
Chanceford Township in 1805. The latter is still
living and is the only daughter of William Say lor.
Her mother was a Siechrist. Both the Saylor and
Siechrist families came from Germany in the earl}-
histoi'}' of York County, and both have numerous
descendants. The early life of Mr. Mitzel was
spent at Mitzel' s Mills, now known as Felton Station,
where he was educated at the private schools of
Chanceford Township. He served an apprentice-
ship at the miller's trade and in 1840 began general
merchandising at Mitzel's Mills, where lie remained
four years,and then removed to Hopewell Township.
In 18"56 he went to Stewartstown, and in 1864 came
to York and engaged in his present business. The
marriage of Mr. Mitzel took place in 1843, to Miss
Keturah Sumwalt, a native of Baltimore, and



daughter of Jacob and Dorcas Sumwalt, whose
ancestors came from Germany and located at Balti-
more prior to the Revolution. Her grandfather,
Adam Hendrix (formerly spelled Hendricks), was a
descendant of the family of that name who settled
in York County as early as. or prior to, 1720, and
who were among the first English settlers west of
the Susquehanna Rivers. They have had three
children, two now living: Francis A. and William

A. Mr. Mitzel is a Democrat and cast his first
! presidential vote for James K. Polk. Mrs. Mitzel

is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

JOHN A. MORRISON, fruit and produce
dealer, was born in Hopewell Township. York Co..
Penn., to William E. and Eliza D. (Bcaty) Morrison,
and is the eldest son in a family of nine children.
His father, also, was born in Hopewell Township in
1812. The great-grandfather of our subject was
Michael Morrison, a native of Scotland, who came to
America prior to tlie Revolution, in wbich he was a
soldier. The grandfather of Mr. Morrison was a
soldier in the war of 1812, and his father in the Re-
bellion. In 1864 Mr. Morrison enlisted in Company

B, Two Hundred and Ninth Penn.sylvania Volun-
teers, and served one year. Returning from the
service lie served a regular apprenticeship at the
milling trade, which he continued seven years. In
1873 he came to York and engaged in the grocery
business, which he followed until 1875, aiid then
established his present business. He is the most
'extensive fruit dealer in York. The marriage of

! Mr. Morrison took place in 1869, to Miss Sarah A.
' Bowman, a native of Hopewell Township. Thty
have three children: Margaret J., John W. and Ida
K. Politically Mr. Morrison is a Republican. He
has a good business education, and is an energetic
and enterprising gentleman. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison
are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

M. J. MUMPER. The Keystone Chain Works

are owned and operated by two representatives of

the oldest families in the county— M. J. Mumper

I and David Trout. Mr. Mumper, the senior proprie-

tor, and a practical workman, is a native of Adams

Count}', and a descendant of the Mumper family of

the northern end of York County. He learned his

trade in Dillsburg, commencing at the age of sixteen

years, and has followed it since in Dillsburg and

York. The present business plant was first started

by Addison Sheffer, of York, upon a very limited

scale, between King and Market Streets, in 1870. In

1880 Mr. Mumper, under the firm name of Mumper

& Walker, bought the works, and these partners

continued together one year, when Mr. Walker

withdrew. In 1882 Mr. Mumper sold an interest to

: David Trout, and the present iirm was established.

I In the spring of 1884 their works were destroyed,

; and they erected extensive buildings in West York.

i The works have been steadily on the increase, and

; are under the personal supervision of Mr. Mumper.

, They are now selling from $40,000 to $50,000 worth

of goods in all the markets of the United States.

They have in their works about thirty employes.

Mr. Trout is a native of Hopewell Township, and

previous to his present co-partnership was a farmer

of York County.

JOHN S. MUNDORF, news-dealer and fruit
merchant, is the son of George W. and Henrietta
Mundorf, and was born and reared in York. After
receiving a public school education, he engaged as
I clerk in a dry goods store, and then for three years
\ was clerk in the York postotfice; he then engaged
I in handling newspapers, periodicals, etc., receiving
' subscriptions for all foreign and American issues;
subsequently adding foreign and domestic fruits
and country produce, in which he deals at wholesale
I and retail. He is active and progressive, having
[ started in business on a store box, which he has de-
veloped into his present extensive and lucrative



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.



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trarle. He was marripd, in 1876, to Jennie A.
Evans, who has borne him tliree children: Edirar,
Blair and Percj'. Mr. Mundorf is a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and, with his wife, of the Epis-
copal Church.

SOLOMON MYERS, justice of the peace, was
born in Adams County', March 14. 1829, and is a son
of John and Elenor (Hummer) Myers, natives re-
spectively of Adams and York Counties, and of Ger-.
man and English descent. The father, a farmer
and carpenter, came to York in 1850, and engaged
in hotel-keeping, which lie followed until 1866,
when he retired. He died August 39, 1868, followed
by his widow. November 9. 1871. Of the seven
children, born to these parents, five are living:
Solomon. Julia (Smyjcr). Harriet (Mundorf), Ma-
tilda (Spangler) and Sarah Ellen (Brubaker). The
deceased were Lee H., who died in May, 1884, and
Sarah Jane, who died in infancy. John Myers had
held the rank of captain in the State militia tvi^elve
years, and for three years, as a Republican, served
as county commissioner. Both he and wife were
connected with the Lutheran Church. Solomon
Myers was reared a farmer in Adams and York
Counties until twenty-one years old. He received
a good education, and for thirteen years taught
school in York County— nine years in the borough.
In 1861, as a member of the Worth Infantry, of
York, he was assigned to the Sixteenth Regiment.
Pennsylvania Volunteers, as second lieutenant of
Company A; was advanced to the first-lieutenancy,
and was mustered out after a service of three and
one-half months, when he organized a company,
which was attached to the Eighty-seventh Regiment
as Company E. and of which he was captain; he
served in all the engagements of his regiment, ex-
cepting the battle of the Wilderness, when he was
on detached duty, and was mustered out October 14,
1864. In 1861, also, he was elected justice of the
peace, but was then unable to serve on account of
military obligations; on his return from the war,
however, he entered upon the discharge of the du-
ties of the ofBce, and has since served, with the ex-
ception of one term. Since 1883 he has been dealing
in pianos, organs and musical instruments generally,
and carries a general stock from all the leading
makers. Mr. Myers is treasurer of a lodge of Free
Masons, and for a number of years was a represen-
tative to the Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F. of the
State. He was married December 8, 1872, to Mar-
garet A., daughter of John Orwig. of Shrewsbury.

HENRY NEATER, treasurer of York County,
Penn., was born in 1836, son of J. Frederick and
Willemina Neater. His parents, natives of Ger-
many, first came to Maryland, but in a very short
time leftMaryland and came to Y'ork County, Penn.,
where they lived until they died at an advanced age
— nearly eighty years. They had four children (one
son and three daughters); they are all living in Yorli.
The son at an early age, fourteen years, went at his
trade of blacksmithing at Mr. William Shetter's,
where he worked a few years, when he was em-
ployed by Mr. Palmer, where he finished his trade
of ooachsmith, and worked for Mr. Palmer up to the
time he took his present oiflce as treasurer of York
County. Mr. Neater is a straight-out Democrat,
and has been from boyhood on. He became a voter
in 1857. and has never missed a single election. He
cast his first presidential ballot for Stephen A.
Douglas. He has held the office of assessor and
councilman, and in 18S4 was elected treasurer of
York County. In 1857 he married Miss Annie
Fabs, a native of York County, and eight children
have been born them; two are dead. The surviving
ones are William H., Edward C. George B., Frank-
lin. Frederick and Bertha. Mr. Ne.ater is a member
of the 1. O, O. F., and he and family are members
of the United Brethren Church.



JOHN ^EIMAN, the lifih ..f lliirlcen childn-n
of Gi orge and Marv (!-!u|i(rl ) Xciinaii, was Iikmi
July 2, 1830. on the" old XiinKin liom, stead. lb-
was reared to farming, and on Dcccnilicr 29, IHl'-.',
married Cassandria Heilman, dau^'liter of George
an<i Eve (Deisinger) Heilman. of Manchester Town-
ship. Eleven children were born to them: Melvina,
AVilliam, Louis, George, John (deceased), Eh,
Henry, Cary (deceased), Maggie (deceased). Ellen
and Amanda I. Our subject's" brothers and sisters
were Cassandria (widow of Jacob Hake). Sarah
(widow of David Maish),Eliza(wife of Jacob Shet tcl ),
Elizabeth (widow of Samuel Shettel), George, Mary
(wife of Solomon Shettel). Rebecca (wife of PeicV
Alt land), Lavina (deceased), Samuel, Adam, Susanna
(wife of Jncob Rudy) and Leah (wife of William
Metzger. Mr. Neiman is well and favorably known
throughout York County as president and director
of the Dover Fire Insurance Company. He has re-
sided in York since 1874.

G.'W. NOEDEL, of the firm of Noedel & Co.,
bottlers, is a native of Germany, born in 1833. son
of Simon and Eliza (Brandan) Noedel, and is of
German descent. His parents were both natives of
Germany, and lived there until they died; the father
in 1835, and the mother in 1836. Our subject was
educated at the Latin schools in Germany. In 184S
he engaged in general merchandising, and in that
continued until 1851. After the Revolution he im
migrated to America, and settled in Baltimore, Md..
where he resided twenty-three years, and was en-
gaged in the wholesale wine and liquor business.
in 1874 he removed to York County, Penn.. and
settled on a farm five miles from York, and here he
resided until 1877 when he came to York, his pres-
ent place of residence. On coming to York he be-
gan his present business, in whicli he is very suc-
cessful. Mr. Noedel was rcarrieo, in 1853, to Miss
Berlha V. Gumpel, a native of Germany. They
have one son — Theodore W. Mr. Noedel is a Re-
publican and a man of a public enterprising spirit.
He resides in comfort at Cottage Place.

D. K. NOELL, as the name implies, is of French
descent, although his father, Jacob Noell, came to
America from the east bank of the Rhine, to which
his ancestors had fled from religious persecution in
France. There are several families of this name in
York County, who are generally Catholics, while
the family of D. K. Noell were Protestants. His
father. Jacob Noell, came to America in 1795, and
located in Y^ork, Penn. During the war of 1812,
when the British menaced Baltimore, Jacob Noell
joined Capt. Michael Spangler's company of Inde-
pendent York Volunteers, which marched to Balti-
more, and was engaged in the battle of North Point.
September 13, i814. Mr. Noell was seriously
wounded in this battle by a musket-ball passing
through his body from left to right, just below the
nipples, and from the effects of which he died,
leaving a widow and six children poor and helpless,
indeed. The children, as soon as they could do any
work, were put out to earn their own living. Dan-
iel, the subject of this narrative, at the age of ten
years was sent to the country, whei'e, on a farm,
without a trade or schooling, he grew to manhood
as a common farm laborer. The only books in the
family in whicli he lived were the Bible, the almanac
and an old geography. These he studied so well
and so often, as to become quite an adept in either.
In fact he got the Bible almost by heart, and learned
to know every natural and political divisinn. cit}'.
town, river, etc.. on the globe, ami \\\r manners,
customs, religion and government nt' all its inhab-
itants. In 1838 he found his way into the service
I of William R. Gorgas. in Cumberland County,
Penn. Here he found many books, especially the
histories of men and nations, and being fond of
reading he applied himself so diligently that in a



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YORK BOROUGH.



short time he kaew the histories and biographies of
^11 the nations, and their founders. In fact he was
seldom seen without a book, pampiilet or news-
paper from which, daring idle moments, he could
gain some knowledge. Happening one day to find
:an English grammar in Mr. Gorgas' library, he
asked permission to study it. This being granted,
he soon made himself acquainted with that study,
after which he applied himself to the study of
arithmetic, geometry and algebra, in all of which,
-without a teacher, he became so proficient that, as
iateacher,ia which he is now engaged, he stoodune.K-
celled. Mr. Noell taught for twenty-two years in
the same school-house, tims showing'his ability and
the high appreciation in which he was held by those
whom he served. In 185.5 he was elected prolhono-




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tary, and in 1863 county superintendent of the
schools of Cumberland County. In 1845 he mar-
ried Anna Lukens, a graduate of the Harrisburg
(Penn.) High School, who greatly aided him in his
various pursuits of knowledge. They have had
seven children, only three of whom are now living.
Of their four sons, all became naval officers or
cadets for naval service. Cadet Engineer Michael
D. Noell died from a fall on shipboard in 1878, aged
nineteen years. He was a bright and promising
3-outh, accurate in mathematics and ready in all
studies requiring deep thought. Charles W. Noell,
becoming tired of the sea, is now in the service of
the Northern Central Railroad, while Jacob E.
Noell, as lieutenant-commander, is now in charge
at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Penn.
He is quite an intelligent officer, having been in
all parts of the world, from which for twelve years.



he sent very interesting and instructive letters,
which were published in the York Democratic Press,
and read with unusual interest by all parties.
York Noell is a lieutenant on the United States
steamer "Swatara," now in the Caribbean Sea.
Mr. Noell's children were all born in Cumberland
County, where he lived, taught school and was mar-



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